Starting an email newsletter isn't especially difficult if you have a propensity for apps and design. You could start tonight and send tomorrow if you really want to. BUT developing and implementing an email marketing strategy that will serve your business - and your readers - well for the long term requires thought, research and decision-making before touching an app.
This month while preparing to teach a 10-week course on email marketing, I've been updating presentations first created 10 years ago. It's been eye-opening to realize how much has changed. Email remains one of the most effective ways to communicate with our target markets. The tools have become more user-friendly but the strategy part has become more complex. It's no longer as easy as it once was to get the attention of new contacts via email - there's a lot more competition in the inbox.
Over the past month or so I've focused on email marketing strategy. Even if you're not getting started, you might find it useful to have a fresh look at what you're doing.
- "Why Didn't I Start an Email List Sooner?"
- Email Marketing Best Practices: It Depends...
- eMail Newsletters - Develop Your Strategy First
- Is Your Newsletter a Vehicle or the Destination?
- 23 Things to Put in Your Small Business Newsletter
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originally published in Work Better, Not Harder newsletter April 25, 2019